Are You Relying on Salesforce’s Weekly Backup? Why Once a Week Just Isn’t Enough.

When we began developing Spanning Backup for Salesforce, the most common concern we heard amongst users and admins was that the manual, weekly backup and export of Salesforce data just wasn’t enough.

Anyone who has used this SaaS application knows that so much can change in a week – new lists, customizations, and other changes can make the database look significantly different each day. And if you aren’t backing up this data more frequently than once a week, you run the risk of losing huge chunks of critical data when glitches inevitably occur (not to mention all the time you waste worrying!).

The many ways you can lose data from Salesforce

Imagine your backups occur every Friday, but you import a new list of leads on Thursday; now suppose a sync error causes the new list to override your original data, deleting hundreds of customer contacts. Your only recourse is to locate the export from the previous Friday (five days ago) and spend countless hours reimporting your data back into your Salesforce application. Unfortunately, any changes and customizations made in the last five days would be lost. Of course, you could alternatively spend a minimum of $10,000 to recover your data from Salesforce.com.

Like other SaaS applications, Salesforce is also vulnerable to data loss due to hacking, human error, and malicious insiders, in addition to sync errors like the scenario described above. To learn more about these threats and why you should back up your cloud-stored data, download the free eBook, Don’t Gamble With Your Company’s Future: The Top 5 Reasons You Need Backup for SaaS Applications.

Learn how Spanning’s daily backups fix all the downfalls of manual, weekly Salesforce exports

To prevent data loss happening between weekly backups, you simply must have an automated daily backup and recovery solution like Spanning Backup for Salesforce. To help you understand why this is the case, we’re publishing a three part series on daily versus weekly backup of Salesforce data. Each article will describe one of three key differences between Salesforce’s manual, weekly exports and Spanning Backup for Salesforce.

The three main benefits of our automated, daily backup solution that we’ll examine are:

  1. Higher frequency of backups provided by Spanning Backup;
  2. Reduction of cost, worry, and effort associated with manual export;
  3. The completeness of our backups compared to standard Salesforce exports.

In our first post, you’ll learn why more frequent backups mean better data protection and business continuity, so it’s information you can’t afford to miss if your company is using Salesforce to manage customer records and sales data. Be sure to subscribe to Cracking the Cloud so you don’t miss out!


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